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Trump’s Tariffs Draw Threats

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s announcement Thursday that it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada drew swift vows of retaliation from key allies, inflamed trade tensions and sent stock markets sinking. The administration’s move ...

Lawyers Hired for Police in Fatal Martins Ferry Shooting Case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County and the City of Martins Ferry have taken the standard step of providing legal representation for a sheriff’s deputy and police officer involved in a fatal shooting May 16. The Belmont County Board of Commissioners went back into session Thursday morning ...

U.S. Gains 223K Jobs As Jobless Rate Declines

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By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April. Average hourly pay rose 2.7 percent from a year ...

Father Accused of Putting His Children in Dryer

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Associated Press A man is in custody after putting his two children in a dryer, shutting the door and taking videos of them, authorities said Thursday. A criminal complaint in Marshall County Magistrate Court said 24-year-old Ryan James Barr, of Moundsville, was charged with child neglect ...

Daily Bread Center Moving to New Location After Building Condemned

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MARTINS FERRY — The Daily Bread Center is getting settled in its new location after the city condemned its former rented space. The center moved Thursday into the Martins Ferry Recreation Center, 401 S. Fourth St., while its previous space is being cleaned up. It had been at 418 Walnut ...

Gov. Justice Secures FEMA Funds For Repairs to Sewerage System

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From Staff Reports PINE GROVE — Gov. Jim Justice has secured federal funding so a Wetzel County community can finish a $49,213 repair project for its flood-damaged sewerage system that residents said also has had other problems for several years. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ...

Police Reports

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THE WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:11 a.m. Wednesday and 7:59 a.m. Thursday, the Wheeling Police Department handled nine traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and three miscellaneous calls. THURSDAY At 7:19 a.m., Interstate 70 westbound, animal complaint. At 3:56 a.m., North ...

Police: Man Found Naked in Neighbor’s House After Killing Cat

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend and killing her kitten early Tuesday morning, 25-year-old James R. Lampley was discovered naked in a neighbor’s house, where city police took him into custody, according to court records. Lampley, whose girlfriend ...

Search for Missing Man in St. Clairsville Lake Comes Up Empty

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Divers concluded a second day of fruitless searches for a man believed to have drowned Tuesday evening in a lake near the Belmont Hills Country Club. Emergency personnel from across the Ohio River aided in the search while using tools such as cadaver dogs and sonar. But ...

Lunchtime Goes Live in Wheeling

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The First Friday organizers are hoping a touch of music will help bring and keep more people downtown for their afternoon meal fare. Starting Friday, Wheeling Heritage will sponsor a free lunchtime concert series called Lunchtime Live! The series will be part of First Friday events and start ...

St. Clairsville Officer Pulls Woman From Fire

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — An early Wednesday house fire was fatal for a dog and would have taken a woman’s life if not for the quick actions of a police officer and a passerby who apparently called for help. Cumberland Trail Fire Chief John Slavik said firefighters were called to 129 N. Market ...

Belmont County May Seek Loan for Slip Repairs

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In the aftermath of Belmont County Commissioners’ decision last week to increase license plate fees, county Engineer Terry Lively is arranging for road slip repairs and deciding how much bridge money he will need to borrow until those funds come in. “I’m waiting to see which projects ...

Sen. Joe Manchin Discusses Relationship With Trump in Wheeling

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WHEELING — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said his 63 percent voting record with President Donald Trump makes him the only person who keeps President Trump “bipartisan.” Manchin, D-W.Va., made that statement Wednesday while meeting union leaders at Wheeling Coffee and Spice. However, the ...

Conference At Oglebay Park in Wheeling Will Address Health Topics

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Hot topics in health — including the opioid crisis, the incidence of Hepatitis C and outbreaks of rabies — will be addressed next week at the annual Northern Panhandle Regional Public Health Conference. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will present June 8 the annual Public Health ...

Washington Avenue Span in Wheeling To Close Today

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Photo by Scott McCloskey The Washington Avenue Bridge that spans Big Wheeling Creek was closed for part of the day Wednesday. Crews with Mountain Gas Co. were wrapping an 8-inch gas line that runs beneath the structure to protect the line from corrosion. The bridge is scheduled to be closed ...

Paden City High School Student Took Gun To School in Truck

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PADEN CITY — A Paden City High School student faces a criminal investigation and could be expelled for having a gun in his truck on school property. Law enforcement and school officials said no one was ever in danger and they believe the gun was left in the student’s truck because he had ...

Ohio County Sexual Assault Case Delayed

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The preliminary hearing for a man charged with sexually assaulting a teenager was continued by an Ohio County magistrate. An official with Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy’s office said the defense attorney for Timothy James Criswell Sr., 33, of Moundsville, asked for the continuance. ...

Wheeling Police Reports

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WHEELING POLICE DEPARTMENT Between 8:13 a.m. Tuesday and 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, officers handled 21 traffic stops, three vehicle accidents and three miscellaneous calls. WEDNESDAY At 4:53 a.m., 33rd Street, fireworks. At 12:38 a.m., Bethany Pike, burglar alarm. TUESDAY At 11:38 ...

Former Mingo Mayor Dies

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MINGO JUNCTION — A former mayor and councilman of the village has died. John R. “Wiz” Fabian, 86, of Mingo Junction died Monday at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville. He was a graduate of Mingo High School Class of 1949. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during ...